The Caruso Law Offices in Albuquerque, NM is available to anybody who has had a motorcycle accident that was not their fault and wishes to make a personal injury claim. I am an attorney with 27 years experience and see the unfortunate victims of motorcycle accidents every week.
Why Are Motorcyclists More Vulnerable on the Road?
The statistics clearly indicate that motorcyclists are more at risk from accidents than any other road user. The reasons are obvious to most people. All two wheeled vehicles are inherently more unstable than four wheeled ones and all it takes is a slight nudge and the rider is likely to fall off. If this happens at speed, then the rider is likely to suffer severe injuries.
The other reason is that despite safety gear, any motorcyclist is much more exposed to injury than somebody who is traveling inside a closed vehicle.
Many other road users do not always pay sufficient care and attention when they are driving near motorcyclists. If a collision takes place between a motorcyclist and another vehicle whose driver was not looking out carefully enough or giving sufficient space when overtaking, then this driver could be considered to be negligent.
If you have had a motorcycle accident recently and think that somebody else was to blame, then you should contact me as soon as possible here at the Caruso Law Offices for a free consultation so that I can assess your accident for the chances of making a successful claim for damages.
Motorcycle Injuries Can be Very Severe
Motorcycle accidents are likely to result in much more serious injuries than those that take place to the occupants of closed vehicles, because of the speed at which they are traveling and the exposed rider or pillion passenger. Injuries might include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Serious strains, sprains and dislocations
- Back and neck injuries
- Injuries to the head and brain
Even minor injuries can mean the accident victim has to be away from work for a period and may lose wages as a result. More serious injuries can mean huge bills for medical treatment and loss of income, which may or may not be covered by insurance. Long term treatment, as well as rehabilitation or even lifetime care and support in the case of severe spine or brain injuries, can mean a horrific burden to the victim or his or her family.
Liability for a Motorcycle Accident Must be Proved
When the accident has taken place due to somebody else’s negligence, then it is your legal right to make a claim for damages. Here in New Mexico, as with most other states, the accident victim must prove that the other person was at fault and that the accident caused the injuries that he or she has sustained.
While the main priority for any accident victim is to get medical treatment, it is useful to collect copies of ay treatment and the costs of this from the medical facility in which they are treated. This may help to show evidence for a damages claim later on. There are a number of things which any accident victim, unless taken off straight away to hospital, can do to help provide evidence for the cause of the accident. Collect contact details of any eye witnesses; make notes about the details of the accident before they are forgotten, the name and details of the driver who hit you, the ID of any police officer who arrives on the scene. It is possible you may also have a camera or at least a cell phone that can take photos of the crash scene.
Fault May Lie with More than One Third Party
In some motorcycle accidents, the fault may lie with more than one person. This is particularly the case with accidents involving trucks or buses or any other vehicles that may be driven by one person, but owned by a private company or a government body. Any one of these as well as maintenance teams or even spare parts companies or manufactures may have some degree of responsibility for the accident.
Damages are calculated on the basis of past, present and future costs that the injured victim has to face. These include the cost of psychological and emotional pain and suffering as well as the medical costs and loss of income.
Whatever you think is the cause of the accident, you should use an experienced personal injury attorney to pursue your case. Here at the Caruso Law Offices I provide a totally free consultation in which we can discuss your accident and consider your options for a claim against who you think is responsible. You do not have to pay a cent unless your claim is settled in your favor, so there is nothing to lose. If we do win and the settlement is made without having to go to court then I also provide a discount on the contingency fee, which no other attorney in Albuquerque, NM is offering.